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by Vic Venters

Free eBook Gun Craft: Fine Guns and Gunmakers in the 21st Century download ISBN: 0892729074
Author: Vic Venters
Publisher: Down East Books (November 16, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 270
Category: Sports Books
Subcategory: Hunting and Fishing
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The early 21st century marks a transitional period in artisanal gun making.

He examines many of today's best artisan-made guns and provides insights into the craft of making them in Britain, Europe and the United States. The early 21st century marks a transitional period in artisanal gun making

In fact Gun Craft (subtitled Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century) is a look at a. .This book, 'GUN CRAFT' by Vic Venters was described to me as one of the absolutely necessary works when studying the traditional methods of gun-makers in Europe.

In fact Gun Craft (subtitled Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century) is a look at a unique period of time in gunmaking which has seen traditional skills supplemented by new technology. Vic is one of America's most respected fine gun authorities, and this work is a collection of gunmaking columns written for Shooting Sportsman Magazine. Vic Venters was further described as a real authority on double guns and a writer of uncommon ability. All of that is true, but it doesn't go near far enough.

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Gun Craft examines today's artisanally made guns, as well as the craftsmen who make them

Gun Craft examines today's artisanally made guns, as well as the craftsmen who make them. Each chapter explores a separate topic; each has been chosen, however, to provide readers with a unified insight into the complicated task of making hand-made guns in both Europe and the United States.

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Gun Craft examines today's artisanally made guns, as well as the craftsmen who make them

Gun Craft examines today's artisanally made guns, as well as the craftsmen who make them.

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Gun Craft examines today's artisanally made guns, as well as the craftsmen who make them. In it, the author takes the reader into the workshops and factories of the world's best gunmakers, making their sometimes-arcane craft skills accessible and relevant to anyone who shoots, owns or collects fine guns. Each chapter explores a separate topic; each has been chosen, however, to provide readers with a unified insight into the complicated task of making hand-made guns in both Europe and the United States.
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Quendant
Gun Craft - Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century is a magnificent book in all respects. It is a hard cover with a beautiful and reasonably durable dust jacket measuring 6.3"x9.3". Although there are a couple of b&w photograph amongst the 163 photographs in the book, it is a full colour product. The quality of all the modern photographs are stunning and page design is very good. The photographs are informative and well captioned. The 269 pages are of fairly heavy mat art paper with a decent sized, well-spaced, legible font. The ink tends to reflect light at some angles, but technically it undoubtedly is a top class production that reads easily in most light conditions and directions.
Vic Venters is a wordsmith and he shares his superb knowledge of the double barrel shotgun in eloquent, yet eminently readable and comprehensible style, even for someone like myself with English as an acquired language.
Gun Craft is divided in five sections. The first 148 pages cover the manufacturing of the double gun and topics such as jointing, concentricity, barrelmaking, chokes, scaling, finishing, colour case hardening, engraving as well as design features such as the doll's-head, single triggers and the like. Venters uses diagrams to make a number of important points. In the second section (p.151-186) he writes about the Greener G-gun, the Westley Richards Ovundo and the Watson Brothers lightweight o/u. Section three is titled Gun Proof & Proof Masters, with the British proof history and rules woven around the career of retired proof master Roger Lees. Superb renditions of British proof marks are included. The penultimate section covers restoration and the final section's most important features are the glossary of terms and addresses for gunmakers.
No book is perfect and the shortcoming of Venters' book is that it was impossible to include all the fine gunmakers. Venters, like all of us, is guilty of focusing very strongly on British guns, but I cannot accuse him as I can most others, of being blind to non British guns. To me a book is worth the while if I learnt something from it. I learnt a lot from Gun Craft with the added bonus of enjoying the read thanks to the author's writing skills. This book comes very highly recommended.
Prinna
This is one of four books I purchased when comtemplating a project on a double gun. Two others worth mentioning here are Shooting the British Double Rifle: A Modern Guide for Load Development and Use, 3rd Edition which details a lot of load information and general information on most if not all of the British cartridges, and Double Guns and Custom Gunsmithing which describes a lot of the techniques used by artisans and gunsmiths as well as a historical study of double guns.

This book, 'GUN CRAFT' by Vic Venters was described to me as one of the absolutely necessary works when studying the traditional methods of gun-makers in Europe. Vic Venters was further described as a real authority on double guns and a writer of uncommon ability. All of that is true, but it doesn't go near far enough. This book is destined to become a classic (if it's not already!!..). When I first ordered and received this work I had intended to use it as information source, sort of a reference book for the project I was planning to undertake. Instead, over the course of four days, I read it through completely. I found myself looking forward to the next page, the next subject, the next discussion. Vic Venters knows whereof he speaks, and he tells the story in a way that incites interest.

The book is divided into five main sections...'GUN CRAFT & GUNMAKERS', 'GUNS', 'GUN PROOF & PROOFMASTERS', 'OLD GUNS & RESTORING THEM', and 'APPENDICES'. Within these loosely titled sections lies the truth. The truth as Venters knows it, and the truth as history has written it. Here lies London's "Best" guns and "Bespoke" guns. And here is Liege and Brescia. Within these sections are details of historical makers and their products....and why after all these years they are still considered the very finest examples of the gun-making art. Perhaps just as importantly, here are reasons for modern shooters and gun owners to look again at classic designs and double guns as a functional, useful, and maybe even preferred solution to the question of "What gun..??".

While a lot of this book is a compilation of writings, a series of columns as published in Shooting Sportsman, it is in fact a well-written book. I cannot understand how a series of short pieces can be put together so well, so seamlessly, as to appear a single work in time....Instead of spread over a span of years!! I cannot vouch for the span of time involved as I know nothing about the stated periodical, but I CAN vouch for the writing and the editing!! This is a seamless work that is beautifully done on extremely high quality paper and beautifully cloth-bound.

As far as the actual material in the book, I have found no other single source that can come close to Venters' work. From his discussion of 'Jointing' and 'The Circle' (CLASSIC discussion!!..) to the "black art" of color case-hardening, to the engraving masters like Pedersoli, to the modern-day Spanish makers, Venters has compiled a major work of significant importance. Easily understood writing and great story-telling make this a book for the ages.

I give 'GUN CRAFT' by Vic Venters five stars only because you can't give it more! Very highly recommended!!
TheFresh
Vic Venters released two brilliant gun books at about the same time. The first was the coffee table book "British Best", which features some of the best "gun porn" that I've ever seen, positively sumptuous and decadent photos of wonderful pieces. In "Gun Craft", he concentrates on educating us about the crafting of fine doubles.

The descriptions and illustrations are first rate, and Venters has a relaxed style that makes even the most technical of explanations clear and enjoyable.

"Gun Craft" is destined to become a classic with a place in everyone's double gun library, right up there with books like Adams' "Lock Stock & Barrel" and even Greener's "The Gun and its Development".
Faugami
currently at work. This book is the best written and most understandable books both on the craft of gunmaking and on how double guns work in years.

My longstanding complaint about most modern gun books is that the illustrations depict but do not explain. Coupled with Venters' excellent descriptive capabilities (which are clear without being dry) you can actually see how some of the more arcane features of double guns actually work.

If you want a beautiful art book on fine guns, this is not it; but Venters has that covered with his other book "British Best" which is a tour de force of fine gun photography by David Grant combined with interesting prose by Venters. "Gun Craft" is for what the Brits call "boffins"; people who are seriously interested in how fine shotguns work and how they are made.